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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2012-02-18 11:00 am

Days of Love 5

Annnnnnd it's another pair of recs. I can't help myself. But, okay, here's the thing. For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I have a strong interest in soulbonding right now. I admit that for a few weeks of the specific soulbonding project of doom, I spent a lot of time reading soulbond stories and saying, "That's not how it works." Because, you know, this is fandom, where I will fight for my right to be incredibly dogmatic and dictatorial about a completely imaginary concept.

But then I started actively seeking out all the different depictions of soulbonding in fan fiction, trying to figure out what the key elements of a soulbond are. (Yes, I have a list. It is a short list. Soulbonds are mysterious and mutable, is what they are.) And I found some fantastic stories in the process.

#BOOM!, by [ profile] 26miledrive. Hockey RPF, Ryan Kesler/Andrew Ladd. (Helpful pairing primer featuring everything you need know to read this story. Although to be honest you don't even need to know who the guys are.)

Okay, so, first, I just need to say that this hockey thing has gotten out of hand. I know this because of two interactions with Best Beloved.

Scene 1: I am watching old hockey videos on YouTube, which I suspect is just about the worst way there is to watch hockey, but, whatever, it's what I can do. I am absolutely not yelling at the screen, no matter what BB says. BB is taking a bath.

BB, from bathtub: *laughter*
Me, assuming her book is amusing: What's funny?
BB: You. What happened?
BB: *further laughter*
Me: It was! They are!
BB: I just can't believe you have opinions about this.
Me, sulkily: That isn't an opinion. It's a fact, and everyone knows it.1
BB: *laughs hard enough to displace a significant amount of water*

1 Yes, I said this even though I did not know it until very recently, and had to be taught by J. (Name redacted to protect the relatively innocent.) Thanks, J!

Scene 2: Dinner. I am breathlessly relating some hockey facts I have learned.

BB: Is the hockey season on right now?
Me: Yes! Of course!
BB: When does it end?
Me: Regular season ends in April. Why?
BB: Find out if there's tickets. Or whatever.
Me: But why?
BB: I can sense it coming. You're going to want to go to one. You might as well be prepared.
Me: Don't be ridiculous. I'm not going to a hockey game.

[Some days pass.]

BB: You want to go to a hockey game, don't you?
Me: ...Yeah, I kind of do.
BB: *does not say anything, but radiates smugness from every pore*

My point is, there has to be an end to this, and quickly, before I end up at a hockey game with no idea what is going on. (Keep in mind that I do not do well in crowds, do not like loud noises, do not process visual information all that splendidly, and have no idea what attending a hockey game might be like. I am basically the last person who should ever go to a hockey game. With luck I'll be able to hold out until April. If not - has anyone out there ever been to one? Any tips?)

But it isn't my fault I'm like this! Hockey fandom is just so great, is all, and this story - yes, we're back to the story now - is proof. Because, okay, I suspect that hockey doesn't actually, in real actual fact, have evil fairy godmothers nicknamed Biz Nasty. (Seriously. The man tweets as BizNasty2point0. On the one hand - if you were nicknamed Biz Nasty, wouldn't you try to pretend you didn't know? On the other hand, man, I wish every evil fairy ever invited to a christening was named Biz Nasty. That right there would improve most fairy tales by at least 50%.) And I also suspect that Mr. Nasty can't actually forcibly soulbond people to make them work out their differences. (Through hatesex. I mean. How else are you going to work out your differences? It's hockey.)

But, oh, it's so much fun to imagine a world where hockey does, and he can. And this story is where that happens. It's the comedy of the soulbonding world, filled with bad behavior in Vegas and poorly-chosen helicopter tours and some really, really questionable decisions made by your friend and mine, Bad Fairy Biz Nasty.

Read it for the giggles, my friends. Read it for the giggles.

Apres moi le deluge, by [ profile] beyond_belief. Generation Kill, Brad Colbert/Nate Fick.

And then, when you're done laughing, read this one for the quiet beauty and totally fascinating soulbond. (Sorry. I am basically the world's foremost soulbond scientist at this point. I cannot help categorizing these things; it is just my way. Look for my upcoming monograph, The Unbroken Thread: A Taxonomy of Soulbonds and Related Fantastical Connections, available wherever really boring books are sold.)

I love this one because - okay, if you're going to give two people a soulbond, hockey players who play for different teams and hate each other are actually a better choice than Nate and Brad. Usually, in fan fiction, we're writing about soulbonds between two people who spend, like, 18 hours a day together. (Oh, god, I just thought of a key and important question: Did anyone ever write a soulbond story in Sentinel fandom? I mean, they must have, right? Except it would actually be sort of pointless since it's basically canon. Still. If it's out there, I need to read it. I can't believe I never have.) Nate is off in Harvard, engaging in serious study and working to Make Our Nation Better! Brad is off in England, trying to drown Royal Marines! They have lives, is my point.

(And, yes, I did actually have a really long digression here about the worst fannish characters to have in a soulbond. I deleted it for the good of the recommendation, and I want you to know it was very hard to do. But if you have any opinions, feel free to weigh in. I mean, Methos? Buffy? Mycroft? So many possibilities!)

But in this story, in addition to lives, they also have a soulbond, and it's fabulous. I love how they fight it, how they learn to adapt to it, how they learn to deal with each other. And mostly I just love this story. I keep re-reading it, because it's one of those ones I just never feel finished with, you know? I'll be wandering around picking up toys and trying to persuade the child that there is a limit on the number of muffins we can make in one day, and suddenly I'll realize I need to go read that story. Again. And then I will spend the rest of the day thinking about the story while I pick up toys and make muffins.

Really, my only complaint here is that I want at least 50,000 more words of this. At least.
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[personal profile] umbo 2012-02-18 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Hockey games are awesome! Although I admit I've only been to one NHL game, when the Stars and the Wings played many years ago and [personal profile] rusty76 and I went up to Dallas to see it and it was FABULOUS. And I've been to a couple minor league games. But I'd love to go to more. Especially Red Wings games. But you knew that.

They are loud and chaotic, though. That's true. Maybe you might want to watch a few games, like, live on television before you attempt going to a game. Just a suggestion :-)

Also, OMG, you know how I feel about that Brad/Nate soulbonding story. I, um, actually have a few thousand words of sequel written, and more of it plotted, because I just HAD TO. The story wouldn't let me go.
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[personal profile] musesfool 2012-02-18 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Hockey is the BEST SPORT to see live! IT IS SO AWESOME. Ahem. But it is very fast-paced and loud, though much easier to follow in person than on tv. Of course, I learned to follow hockey on radio, so um, I think it's pretty easy on TV because hey, you don't have to imagine what's going on in your head and keep a visual of the ice at MSG in your head at all times! But yes. HOCKEY. IT IS THE BEST.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
There is a lot, quite a lot, of fic involving Methos and soulbonds. In fact there was a whole subset of the fandom, back in the day, that derived itself from that one scene in canon (which is never explained nor mentioned again) where Methos and Mac have a spontaneous glowy conduit between them through which they share souls.

Buffy + various vampires has her own set of soulbonds, too. And there was at least one really highly rec'ced Sherlock fic (which I haven't read yet) where Sherlock, I believe, was Mycroft's soul, or something like that.

Most of those stories use the soulbond to change the characters, or at least fundamentally change the way they relate, though. It's sort of a shorthand for forcing characters into settled relationships and lives when they otherwise wouldn't, and it can be amazingly idtastically good that way.

On the other hand though what I loved so much about the Generation Kill story you rec'ced is that it doesn't do that - Nate and Brad don't have to change their lives, they just keep doing what they're doing, and add this one little wonderful secret to it. I want there to be more soulbond stories like that.

(I also really liked Eccentric Isolated Instances, which was rec'd to me on [community profile] kink_finders, and is MCR RPS. If you want to discuss inappropriate people to get soulbonded to, how about your brother's boyfriend?)

...I have to admit that it my private shipping my favorite soulbond pairings are the ones that are incredibly doomed no matter what, where the relationship is so broken that you can tell that even a soulbond won't fix things. Doctor/Master is my favorite - you can write a reasonable canon story that has them having been soulbonded all through canon and it really, really doesn't make anything better.

Similarly: Xavier/Magneto. XMFC fandom has come out with some stories where a soulbond fixes them, but there are at least as many where they were soulbonded all along and it didn't change canon, it just made their dreams less lonely in the decades when they were enemies.

(I also still want to write the XF story where the Cigarette Smoking Man and Mulder's Mom got accidentally soulbonded as a result of that time when he healed her stroke, and that their soulbond was the direct cause of her subsequently committing suicide and him hiding out in the Arctic and engaging in dangerous experimental brain surgery on himself, etc., because, um, that would explain a lot, but I am never going to actually write it, because it would also be horrendously depressing.)
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[personal profile] qem_chibati 2012-02-18 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's like national rugby lead, then.... My suggestion would be: Start of with a non finals/ finals qualifying match, with a team you like. Get someone who likes hockey and is ok chatting mid-game to go with you and have lots of snacks and find a seat with a good view of the game and the display for ref decisions.
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[personal profile] musesfool 2012-02-18 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, this was 1. back before we had cable and 2. back before they showed hockey on tv except for the playoffs (so, like, the early 80s; I became a hockey fan in 1979 - the Rangers made the Stanley Cup Finals! and lost - and the 1980 gold medal win just cemented my affections). But the sound of Marv Albert and Sal "Red Light" Messina calling Rangers games will forever be one of my favorite things because I spent years following the Rangers that way.
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[personal profile] jumpuphigh 2012-02-18 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
If not - has anyone out there ever been to one? Any tips?

I'd recommend going to see a local league play just to see if you like it in person. It's usually not all that crowded as it's usually just friends and family of the players. It will be loud. There is no avoiding that. Earplugs? It's not a game where you need to hear announcers. I can't remember if I had to pay or not the last time I went to a local game. I'm thinking that I didn't. If that is the case, if you discover you can't handle it anymore, then you won't feel like you just wasted a lot of money on something by leaving early.
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[personal profile] kitewithfish 2012-02-18 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, I kind of love the brokenness of certain soulbonds- though with X-men and telepaths, it seems like it's a expansion of an aspect of canon that just makes things so much more deliciously complicated.

I recommend film TiMER as the closest I've seen mainstream film to get to the idea of soulbonds. A person has the option of getting fitted with a TiMER, a small digital device that counts down to the moment you will meet your One True Love, and it will zero out and BEEEEEEP to let you know that you've found him. In a tiny spoiler, the brother of the main character meets the daughter of the family's new Mexican housekeeper when they are both fourteen, and BEEEEEP. Everyone tries to be really happy about it, but damn! it's a whole new awkward.
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahahaha the world needs more Paul Bissonnette, evil fairy godmother or no.
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Me: (shows the bit about Bissonnette to husband)
Him: are you sure he only soulbonds people through hatesex in slash? Are you sure he doesn't do it in real life?
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[personal profile] laurajv 2012-02-18 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, am I remembering right that you're in/near LA? Because the Kings have a home game vs the Bruins in March. Just sayin'

[personal profile] eight_demands 2012-02-18 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I think you need to tell us your list, because I am deeply curious. I adore soulbond fics, so: please!
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[personal profile] marina 2012-02-18 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
WOMAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING. I now know 34546476% more about hockey than I ever wanted to, because of you!

...oh my god those wrestling matches on ice *___________*
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[personal profile] shihadchick 2012-02-18 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm actually going to encourage you to go to a live game as soon as you conveniently can, because honestly, I think (and this is coming from a person who spent most of her life going LOL, NO, SPORT) that hockey's one of the easier sports to be able to grasp when you watch it live, and while knowing rules and understanding stategies and plays helps, it's really not at all compulsory to being able to seriously enjoy it. I saw a live game before I'd ever seen anything on tv (excepting Mighty Ducks as a child, probably) and I got totally hooked that way. They're SO much fun, seriously.

(And I can tell you from my own investigations that as of about a month ago both the Ducks and Kings -- who I think are your two closest teams? -- have seats available still for some of their games.) Alternately, if you want to get a taste for watching the game without having to worry about being able to clearly see dudes you may wind up reading porn about, check out some of the AHL or other league games -- those are just as much fun to watch but also mean you can get to sit a lot closer for a lot less money.


And, uh, less word-blurt-y, I'm loving your recs -- thank you for sharing!
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[personal profile] toft 2012-02-18 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone has surely, surely written Sentinel soulbond fic. I can't believe it doesn't exist. And yet I can't think of any right now. Maybe because ALL Sentinel fic is essentially soulbonding fic, since, as you say, it's canon.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Really, a lot of fandoms where I like the soulbonds are the ones where there's a really obvious way in for canon. I mean I love reading the fic regardless, and often in fic, the crackier the mechanism the better - I just read #boom and it is awesome while having a deeply random soulbond mechanism - but when I think about stories I myself want to write, or where I think about ships in those terms, it's in the canons where they have canon soulbonds, or have something that's close enough for government work.

(Can I admit here that I ship Reboot Kirk/Spock as one of those deeply and inevitably broken soulbonds? Because I do.)
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[personal profile] katarin 2012-02-18 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
A lot of Hawks fans actually grew up listening to hockey on the radio, cause the old Hawks owner "Dollar Bill" Wirtz refused to allow home games to be broadcast in the city of Chicago, unless they were picked up by a national broadcast. Like, literally, you couldn't watch Hawks games in Chicago until 2007, because Dollar Bill wanted to force people to have to come to Hawks games and figured they would if they couldn't see them any other way.

So it sounds crazy, but any older Hawks fan (obvs that doesn't include me) literally grew up with hockey on the radio as half their hockey experience.
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[personal profile] kathmandu 2012-02-18 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
My opinion is that you should take the really long digression about the worst characters to have in a soulbond, and do it as a separate post.
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[personal profile] melannen 2012-02-18 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I was trying to remember an old Sentinel bonding story I read ages ago so I posted on [community profile] storyfinders about it, and in less than an hour people have come up with three different novel-length-or-more Jim/Blair dystopian slavefic soulbonding AUs to my description. I think Sentinel soulbonding fic is one of those cases where one can't see the trees for the forest.

[personal profile] tevere 2012-02-18 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I know absolutely nothing about ice hockey-- come on, I live in Australia! the snow we have here is confined to, like, four mountain towns with a combined population of 5,000!-- but oh my gosh, I would be all over a story about these two cohabiting hockey dudes like white on rice: SO MARRIED. I totally dig the ages and dynamic, too.

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